The Automobile Club of Southern California is offering its free Tipsy Tow service during the New Year’s Eve holiday for the 20th year. The community service is available from 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, to 6 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, to help remove drinking drivers from the road. Tipsy Tow is available in the 13 Southern California counties served by the Auto Club.
The Auto Club encourages party-goers to plan ahead for a sober ride or use a designated driver if attending a gathering. Motorists, bartenders, restaurant managers, party hosts or passengers of a drinking driver may call 1-800-400-4222 for a free tow home of up to seven miles.
Callers simply tell the Auto Club operators, “I need a Tipsy Tow,” to receive the free tow and ride home. A regular Auto Club-contracted roadside service truck will be dispatched. The Auto Club’s free service is unique in that it transports both the driver and their vehicle.
Callers need to keep in mind that the service is restricted to a one-way, one-time ride for the driver and one passenger, and the destination is limited to the driver’s residence. Reservations are not accepted. For rides farther than seven miles, drivers can expect to pay the rate charged by the tow truck contractor.